Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Ann Gordon


This study explores the effects of the Obama elections on personal discrimination, voter turnout, and opinions of media coverage. This election was seen as a starting point to a more progressive America in 2008. Many thought this was the beginning of a new era in which any racial/gender group could start to make their mark on politics, and that the huge issue regarding race was behind us.

With many racial debacles arising in the last couple years I wondered if America’s idea of progressiveness was truly progressive enough to promote the thought of a post-racial society and even influence voters to be more active or even the contrary. I feel that social change was assumed with the Obama election, but the political aspects of representation and citizenship were varied.


Presented at the Fall 2014 Undergraduate Student Research Day at Chapman University.